I once believed it would require a worldwide shortage of liquid foundation to get me to use a powder formula—but no more. The impetus for my change of heart: Nude by Nature.

The decade-old but brand-new-to-Canada Australian beauty line uses only naturally sourced ingredients (if you’re running down Bondi Beach to get your green juice every morning, it makes sense for your makeup to reflect the same life ethos), and the luminous finish of its powders rivals those of my favourite liquid formulas. The brand’s fragrance-and talc-free mineral powder includes kaolin clay to absorb oil and create a silky feel instead of the more commonly used bismuth oxychloride, which can irritate sensitive types.

Resist the urge to buff the powder into your face; the best way to apply it, says makeup artist and brand ambassador Clint Dowdell, is to push a fluffy brush into the compact’s sieve, flip the brush upward and then tap it against a counter so the product sinks into the bristles. Starting at the centre of your face, press and roll the brush across your cheeks, forehead and nose.


Nude by Nature Radiant Loose Powder Foundation ($32), at nudebynature.com.

This article originally appeared in the May 2018 issue of ELLE Canada.